Was 24hrs really enough time...? certainly not - but we gave it a red hot go!

Here is an itinerary which will certainly keep you on your toes, and even dip them in the water.


Check in at Spicers Balfour followed by a drink in the hotel bar on sunset.


An early (kids hour) dine at Happy Boy, a new and popular modern Chinese restaurant with chic industrial design. The salt and pepper prawns come highly recommended. A great wine list too.


A stroll back to the hotel to catch the pretty bridge lights shimmer across the Brisbane River, and a swim in the tub before bed.


Breakfast of yummy, fresh sautéed greens, eggs and halloumi in the Spicers Balfour courtyard.


A second coffee and juice stop at the nearby Miss Jones.


Off to the arts precinct, GOMA & GOMA Bookshop! Check the programming before you go, this gallery attracts some incredible exhibitions by internationally renowned artists, often with specific activities for kids.


Queensland Museum is fantastic for kids, with more dinosaurs and taxidermy animals than you could ever imagine. Plus and interactive light show which we loved – head to level 4 for the action.


A quick juice stop at the all new Three Blue Ducks, take in a scenic view of the Brisbane river.


Homemade style sandwiches and excellent coffee at the long standing, Jamie’s Coffee House


Afternoon Tea at a locals favourite (which quickly became our favourite too), Scout Cafe.


The historic Powerhouse Museum is situated right next to New Farm Park playing host to live arts, weekend farmers markets and moonlight cinema.


A short ferry ride and stroll through South Bank under flowering arches of bonganvillia to the beach! Well, the city beach aka ‘kids heaven’.

The highlight…? Being so centrally located at Spicers Balfour in lovely New Farm. Walking distance from a great foodie scene, the river and city ferries which are such an easy and scenic way to get around – especially with kids.

If you have more time these great Brissy spots are really worth checking out;

London Fields Cafe at The Stores, both a cafe and bar serving fresh foods and craft beers in a lovely, airy al fresco courtyard space.

Nodo Donuts a chic looking space with mouthwatering treats

Range Brewing a relaxed space for cold beer and hot pizza!

Rainworth General found in Bardon, a sweet area leafy area of Brisbane. Well known for their coffee, wonderful food, friendly staff and a great big veggie patch for the kids out back. Community and sustainability is the focus of this business and it shows.

All images by Matt Rabbidge


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